Aug 14 (NewsWire) – A Michigander has grown the globe’s longest beard on a woman after ditching her routine of shaving three times a day, according to Guinness World Records.
Erin Honeycutt, 38, from Michigan, USA, has been growing her beard for around two years.
It now measures 30 cm (11.81 in), officially breaking the world record for the longest beard on a living female.
The previous record of 25.5 cm (10.04 in) belonged to 75-year-old Vivian Wheeler (USA).
Erin’s beard is completely natural; she doesn’t take any hormones or supplements.
She has polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), which is a condition that causes hormonal imbalance and can result in irregular menstruation, weight gain, infertility, and excess hair growth.
Erin’s facial hair began growing when she was 13. She used a variety of methods to deal with it, such as shaving, waxing, and using hair-removal products, however, she was constantly self-conscious about it.
“I was probably shaving at least three times a day,” she revealed.
Erin continued doing this throughout her teen years and into her adult life, however, after partially losing her vision, she became “tired of shaving”, so her wife, Jen, encouraged her to grow out her beard.
PCOS is not the only health issue that Erin has had to battle. In 2018, she injured her foot and was taken to the hospital, where, within the span of a week, she developed necrotizing fasciitis in her leg, which is a rare bacterial infection that results in the death of parts of the body’s soft tissue.
Erin’s leg became septic and gangrene, resulting in her making the decision to have the lower half of the limb amputated.
She told her doctor that she would “deal with it” and move on with her life, which she’s been courageously doing for the past five years.